Community liaison appointed for proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility

Margaret-Rose McKenzie is an Adnyamathanha woman and a member of the Viliwaringa Yura Aboriginal Corporation.
Margaret-Rose McKenzie is an Adnyamathanha woman and a member of the Viliwaringa Yura Aboriginal Corporation.

Andyamathanha woman Margaret-Rose McKenzie has been appointed as the new Community Laison Officer for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in Hawker.

In the role, Ms McKenzie will act as a link between the community and the department regarding the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in the Flinders Ranges.

With a strong connection to the land and a neutral view of the proposed facility, Ms Mckenzie believes she will bring an unbiased approach to her new role.

"People are entitled to their opinion, but I believe their opinion should be well informed and based on facts, and in order for people to do this they need to have the right information," Ms McKenzie said.

"And while I haven't lived in Hawker I feel my experience in a government job will help me connect the community with the department."

Ms McKenzie was a member of the Viliwaringa Yura Aboriginal Corporation and has worked as a customer service officer for Centrelink.

She is a self-taught writer and uses her skill and knowledge to teach others, some of whom have gone on to become novelists themselves.

"My role is to ensure the community continues to be at the centre of this process by ensuring they are continually informed on the process and have access to the most recent information," Ms McKenzie said.

"Being back in the country provides me with a sense of comfort, the landscape is a breath of fresh air to me and driving into the region gives me goose bumps.

"I very much look forward to working side by side with the community and the department to ensure we reach a harmonious and supportive decision for the proposed facility."